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Being a Student in the Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Church in the Philippines Jeremiah Pascual    Dear Readers of Beacon Lights,             As many of you probably have heard by now, the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines have received by the grace of God their own seminary for the training of men […]

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For the Want of a Dollar…?

Rev. Langerak is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This article was also published in the March 1 issue of the Standard Bearer. Covenant members must take heed to many important details in the kingdom of heaven. One of them is that prospective teachers and preachers receive adequate financial resources to […]

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Perspectives on Preaching

Jonathan is a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church in South Holland, Illinois. This article was written as a scholarship essay. It is the case that, in virtually anything, reality can be viewed from multiple perspectives. A banker or businessman traveling Eurorail from Amsterdam, Holland to Berlin, Germany might have viewed the magnificent tulips […]

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A Prayer for Pastors

Bill is a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This article was written for the 2002 Protestant Reformed scholarship. An intriguing question has been raised by the 2002 Protestant Reformed Scholarship Committee: “Why isn’t the position of minister desired by more young people?” This question supposes two things: 1) That the […]

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Rev. Rodney Kleyn is Pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. This essay was written for the Protestant Reformed Scholarship when he was a seminary student. Why preach in a Protestant Reformed Church? One of the main reasons, which especially the young male readers of the Beacon Lights ought to consider, is that […]

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Pre-Seminary Major

One possible college major is pre-sem. The word ‘pre-sem’ confuses some people. It merely means that the person is on a pre-seminary program of study. Similar to this is the word ‘pre-med’ which is the college major that prepares a student for going to medical school. We will look at the pre-sem major from two […]

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Good News from Synod

In June delegates from our churches gathered for Synod. At Synod the ministers and elders take care of the matters which pertain to the work of our churches as a federation. One such matter is the examination of students who have completed the required training for the work of a minister. The church as a […]

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It’s Christmas time. A great time of the year for Christians when we celebrate Jesus’ birth. The Beacon Lights staff has a great way for you to celebrate Christmas and keep our giving in perspective. Consider with us the follow­ing: suppose that Protestant Reformed families spend an average of $200 on Christmas gifts. (While some […]

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Here Am I; Send Me

I want to direct this article to the young men of our churches for the purpose of encouraging you to consider seriously training for the gospel ministry in our seminary.  No, I was not asked to do this by anyone else.  No, this is not a pressure tactic by one of your ministers.  This article […]

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About the Ministry

Pastor: “Come in Ron. Have a seat. What’s on your mind?” Ron: “Well, pastor, I wanted to talk to you, uh . . ., about something I’ve been thinking quite a bit about lately. I’m just not sure what to do. I thought maybe you could give me some help. It’s about the ministry. I’ve […]

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Questions for Prof. Hanko

The following is a series of questions and answers similar to the ones which appeared in the April issue of Beacon Lights. This time we have focused our attention on the Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Churches and specifically Prof. Herman Hanko. Questions of general interest were chosen and we hope you will find […]

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George M. Ophoff: His Work as Professor (19)

In the last article we talked briefly about Rev. Ophoff’s labors in the congre­gation of Byron Center. If you recall what we wrote, you will also remember that our emphasis was upon the fact that Rev. Ophoff was particularly called by God to the work of professor in the Seminary of the Protestant Reformed Churches. […]

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George M. Ophoff (17)

In our last article we concluded the history of the controversy of 1924 and the role which Rev. Ophoff played in it. At the time of this history Rev. Ophoff was minister in what is now the Hope Protestant Reformed Church. After the formation of the Protestant Reformed Churches, Rev. Ophoff continued his work in […]

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From Seminary Hill

My task is to try to paint for you a realistic picture of life on “Seminary Hill.” I am referring, of course, to the fact that our Seminary is perched atop one of the highest points in the Grand Rapids area. And this reminds me immediately of the Biblical figure of the city set on […]

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Seminarians

These young men shown here are in their fourth and last year of pre-seminary education. First of all, going from left to right, we see Carl Haak, age 21. He was born and raised in South Holland, Illinois, and is a member of the South Holland Protestant Reformed Church. He attended the Protestant Reformed School […]

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Impressions of Our Seminary

Of late there has been a special interest in our school, the Protestant Reformed Semi­nary. A new professor was installed and a new building erected and dedicated. Both were occasions of great anticipation and joy and of much prayer and thanksgiving. It has been the center of attention for our denomi­nation. And so the Beacon […]

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Two Men

We have often said that the future of our Churches in particular and the future of the Church of God in general is in the hands of our young people. We are training them daily to be the Church of tomorrow. This training is a momentous task of awe­some difficulty, as every parent knows. Often […]

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Impressions of Our Seminary

In my opinion there are three things which characterize our seminary — work, more work, and more work yet. Sounds rather sarcastic, doesn’t it? Perhaps, but at times this is all we seminary students can see. When the professors tell us that good grades are given only to those students who, because they are studying […]

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Seminary Impressions

Whoso is armed with the Text, the same is a right pastor, and my best advice and counsel is, that we draw water out of the true Fountain; that is , diligently to read in the Bible. He is a learned Divine that is well grounded in the Text; for one text and sentence out […]

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Seminary

The undersigned, when first asked to write an article of this nature, hesitated. He has only been in the Seminary for a little over one semester and, therefore, has hardly had time to form well defined judgments concerning the school and his work done there. Nevertheless, he consented to write because of two reasons. The […]

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The Minister Shortage

Among the problems which face our churches at the present, one of the greatest undoubtedly is the shortage of minister of the Word. And, the problem seems to be growing worse instead of becoming less serious. The need seems more acute, for the supply is declining in proportion to the increase of the demand. Many […]

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Education at Our Seminary

Among the various educational institutions found among us as Protestant Reformed people, our Theological School occupies, from every point of view, a unique position. This is true, in the first place, from the point of view of its physical facilities. The Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Churches boasts no imposing plant consisting of several […]

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The Importance of the Ministry

At present, there is one student in our Theological School. When there is such a small student body, then we have the unusual situation that follows, of having more professors and instructors, than we have students. Add to this number of teachers the eight members of the Theological School committee, and we have a total […]

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